Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s (PCRMC) midwifery program offers care for women throughout every stage of life. PCRMC Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) Heather Wildebrandt and Karen Ulrich are proud to celebrate their two-year anniversary. One of the most notable accomplishments Wildebrandt and Ulrich would like to recognize is expanding birthing options within the community.
PCRMC’s midwifery program officially launched in February 2016 and has helped families welcome more than 200 babies. Some families have even welcomed or will soon welcome a second child through the program.
Midwifery-led care throughout pregnancy and birth differs slightly from traditional, physician-led care. Certified nurse midwives are educators who join with patients and their families to work toward mutually identified goals. Midwifery care involves high touch, low intervention, continual education and constant support.
Wildebrandt and Ulrich feel that they have been well accepted into the local birthing community and feel supported by their OB/GYN physician colleagues. “We have an excellent collegial relationship,” Wildebrandt says. “As the program continues to mature, we hope to further develop those relationships and bridge the gap between physician-led and midwifery-led prenatal care to provide a seamless patient experience.”
Both Wildebrandt and Ulrich are proud of the impact their services have had; some of the added services include provider bedside support, massage and aromatherapy during labor.
Wildebrandt and Ulrich are eagerly anticipating additional changes in the near future that will continue to support uninterrupted birth, such as the addition of prenatal exercise classes and the ability to listen for intermittent fetal heart rate during labor. By continuing to support uninterrupted birth, Wildebrandt and Ulrich expect to continue positively influencing the local birth outcomes.
“We enjoy working with families to achieve the birth experience they hope for,” Ulrich says.
“When patients are proud of themselves and their birth experience, I know I’ve had a part in that and that’s when I am the proudest,” Wildebrandt says.
For more information about midwifery or the PCRMC Women’s Health Center and Maternity Services, please call (573) 426-2229 (BABY) or visit www.pcrmc.com.